Sci/tech

Geologist Maps Underseas Terrain in Massachusetts
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

When geologist Page Valentine steams out for a trip off the state's picturesque coastline, he's far more interested in what he can't see. Valentine has been using sophisticated sonar to map 1,400 square miles of ocean floor off the Massachusetts coast for 11 years.

Program Seeks Help Finding Dragonflies
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

The New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Atlas will map dragonfly and damselfly distribution across the state, highlight regions with exceptional diversity, and further the conservation of imperiled species, said Henry Tepper, state director for The Nature Conservancy, which sponsors the nature heritage program along with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Expert Questions Existence of Woodpecker
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Caryn Rousseau, Associated Press

An expert on the ivory-billed woodpecker is questioning evidence that purportedly shows the rare bird, once thought to be extinct, in the swamps of southeast Arkansas. Jerome A. Jackson, a zoologist at Florida Gulf Coast University, is challenging a blurry video cited by other scientists as showing a clip of one bird, saying the four-second image does "no more than suggest the possibility" that the bird still exists.

EarthNews Radio: GEM Car
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Many people own more than one car, and often a family's second car is used just for short around-town trips. That car is a perfect candidate to be an electric car, like one that is already produced today.

Scientists Find Antarctic Has Strong Ecosystem
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

An expansive ecosystem of knee-high mud volcanoes, snowy microbial mats and flourishing clam communities lies beneath the collapsed Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica, say researchersThe discovery made in February in a deep glacial trough in the northwestern Weddell Sea was detailed this week in Eos, the weekly newspaper of the American Geophysical Union.

Britain to Build New Base for Scientific Research in the Antarctic
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Britain plans replace its aging scientific research station in the Antarctic with a structure on skis so that it can move away from dangerous ice, officials said Tuesday. It will use renewable energy sources and improved methods of handling waste.

Research Lab Probes Life Under the Sea
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Living for days on end 63 feet beneath the waves is a near-ideal situation for researchers studying undersea life, biologist James Lindholm says. Yet sometimes the best-laid experiments can go awry.

Scientists Speed Coral Growth
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Sam Kean, St. Louis Post Dispatch

St. Louis sits hundreds of miles from the nearest natural coral, and it's on the other side of the world from the most famous coral reef. Yet the key to saving this crucial oceanic organism just might have sprung from the muddy banks of the Mississippi.

Texas A&M Leads World in Cloning Animals
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press

Eighty-six Squared has never been in a hurry. The Black Angus bull was born 15 years after cells from his genetic donor, Bull 86, were frozen as part of a study on natural disease resistance. When Bull 86 died in 1997, scientists thought his unique genetic makeup was lost. But researchers at Texas A&M University were able to clone him from the frozen cells in 2000.

High-Tech Cell Phones Help Africans Trade Crops
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Rebecca Harrison, Reuters

Daniel Mashva heaves his sack of cabbages and sweet potatoes into a rickety shared taxi and travels nine hours under the scorching sun to the market in Johannesburg. By the time he arrives, half his tiny harvest is rotten and the 48-year-old father of five returns to his impoverished village just a few pennies richer.

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